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Dec 3, 2008 08:47 AM

Wine & Food Pairing Classes/Books/Resources?

Hi everyone,

In my quest to better improve my knowledge for the good of my family, friends & customers,
I was wondering if y'all have any recommendations that don't cost major $$$ in the SF Bay Area?
(The CIA course sounds lovely, but I don't have an extra $750 lying around)
This could be a great gift idea for my family as we're just doing edible gifts this time around.
Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    1. 1) Google "Tim Hanni"

      2) Google / look at / order Andrea Immer Robinson and her books, "Great Wines Made Simple" and "Great Tastes Made Simple." Also, "Everyday Dining with Wine."

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      1. re: zin1953

        I like Evan Goldstein and his book Perfect Pairings a lot. It's one of the best.

        Where are you, BWS? I'll base my class recs on your location.

          1. re: BigWoodenSpoon

            I recommend you contact Peter Granoff at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant...I've taken several of his classes. He's a wonderful teacher, very clear,and uses food along with the pairings. (Thats what I think is the reason for the cost of the CIA class -- they use lots of expensive food and wine in the classes). Call Peter at the store and talk to him. Peter also does "guest classes" at various wineries around the area.

            Email me at the address on my profile if you'd like other options on classes in the Napa Valley -- day classes, multi-day seminars, multi-week classes, etc.

            I like the Page/Dornenbook also, but have found some of the pairing recs off. Have you read their new book on Flavor?


            1. re: maria lorraine

              I find the "Flavor" book much better than the slightly earlier book. I found "Culinary Artistry" very useful as an alternative to creating my own database, but found "What to Drink with What You Eat" not as useful.

      2. A very good comprehensive source is "What to Drink with What you Eat" by Andrew Dornenburg & Karen Page. $750 not necessary.